Watercolor look flowers with Distress Oxides!

Hi friends! I am packing up for the stamp show and thinking about all of my favorite vendors I will see there, two in particular are Rubbernecker and impression Obsession! I used their stamps to make these cards the other day:

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These cards only use white cardstock, ink and a couple of button for embellishments plus basic tools and adhesives. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these cards and then give it a try with your supplies!

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Just a reminder!

I will be traveling through Sunday so I will not have a live show on Friday but I will post pre recorded videos throughout my absence:) If you want to see the stuff I find interesting at the stamp show please follow me on Instagram as I will be posting photos from the stamp show! Happy crafting!

 

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Thanks Coach! Softball Cards!

Hi Friends! Ahhhh, what a great day! My wonderful Niece Sarah invited my kids and dog over for a playdate so I could wrap up the big long term secret project I have been working on for 2 months (stop bugging me, I really can’t tell you what it is yet!) ūüėÄ Then we all got to enjoy the beautiful day with a bike ride to the library, a campfire and other fun outside stuff. Thank you so much Sarah for the hours of stress you saved me this summer, You have no idea how much it helped! While I am in this mood of thanks I wanted to share the coach cards I made for my daughters softball coaches:

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Watch this video to see how I made it along with some quick tips that add up to big impact on your card.

Video!

Supplies:

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Tips:

  1. Use patterns instead of plain paper to make a big impact.
  2. Make envelopes first and use scraps to decorate your cards.
  3. Stamp on colored cardstock to save time.

Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Highlights from day 1 at the Heirloom Stamp Show & Paper Arts Festival!

Howdy folks! I had a ball at the Heirloom Productions show in West Springfield yesterday and today I am going back for more. They are open from 11-4 at the Eastern States Expo if you want to come down and see what all the fuss is about yourself (although it might be hard to see it all in 5 hours-I did not get to everyone yesterday so I am glad to have another chance today!) The best part about going to a stamp show is seeing the new products available from stamp companies and meeting the fabulous demonstrators, in most cases the owners and designers themselves! Check out this fun demo from Judikins:

Here is one of my favorite stamp companies, Lost Coast Designs, and their rubber offerings, I went to their booth first for best selection!

Local King Rubber Stamps was new to me last year so I made sure they were one of my first stops yesterday (I have to hit my favorites before I run out of cash LOL!)

I have used the rip ‘n flip envelope templates from Green Sneakers for years (making envelopes is a great way to use up those leftover papers from a¬† stack) here Nick demonstrates his interactive card templates and then I bought some!

I also wanted to be sure to film the demonstrator, Melinda, at the Impression Obsession booth, she is so funny and sweet and the way she uses the backgrounds is fabulous.

I also wanted to share the fun designs at Too Much Fun rubber stamps. They will be at a show in NY next weekend and you can find the details on that here.

Stampland has some creative stamps too, their website is under construction right now but you should be able to order from them soon or find them at a stamp show.

So how did I do bringing the stamp show to you? I will post more from the show tomorrow including my personal haul (keep in mind I have been saving since last year!) but for now I need to get ready to go back! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy Crafting!

Another Stamping Tool YOU can make!

I have always had a problem with evenly stamping a background. Oh, I can stamp a random background just fine but a lined-up pattern….no dice. So, inspired by the new inkadinkado stamping gear I made a tool to stamp straight backgrounds and I used it to stamp the background in this card:

 

Here is a quick video to show you how to make it and use it, easy peasy!

Here is a photo of the two tools I made. I made one to work with my inkadinkado stamping gear paddle and one to work with my home-made stamp machine paddle:

 

Give it a try and you will never stamp a crooked background again (unless you want to that is!) Til next time happy crafting!

FYI, the stamps used in this card are: Fairy (Crafter’s¬†Companion), Sentiment (Stampin’ Up!), Frame (Rubber Stampede), Background small flourish (inkadinkado), Background round stamp (Inque¬†Boutique), background¬†cover-a-card (Impression Obsession) PS-after stamping my background with my homemade tool I stamped a large swirl pattern over the entire panel.

A new background idea & my stamp show splurge!

Howdy folks! Today I want to share my most extravagant purchase from the stamp show.  I have wanted a Mega Mount from Impression Obsession ever since I got a couple of stamps too large for my rock-a-blocks but I wanted to see one in action before I plunked down my cold hard cash for one. When I saw the Mega Mount demonstrated my brain went wild with all of the possibilities for creating backgrounds! I got the deal they had at the show for the mount and 3 large background stamps and realized I could also combine them with the stamps I already had. The lady showed us how to layer backgrounds to creat unusual designs, I did that for the background on this card:

 

You don’t have to have a Mega Mount to layer backgrounds, you can use your regular background stamps. I have to say that before I practicly had to stand on some of my stamps to get a good impression or place my stamp rubber side up and put my paper on top and rub it to get a good image but no more! It was the best craft $$ I ever spent! Check out the technique in my video:

The farm stamps came from Local King Rubber stamps, I learned the technique for coloring them at their booth. You can see the tutorial for that in yesterday’s post.

 

Before I got the Mega Mount I was using a large heavy candle jar to stamp, you can see the video tip here. I know you might think that a $25 stamp mount is not frugal…you are probably right but I have used it so much already and I do not regret it. After all if you use it than it is mony well spent. If you buy it on sale and never take it out of the package it is not a good deal at all.¬† BTW, I agonized over this purchase and made sure that the last 15 minutes a the show would be at the Impression Obsession booth so I could make my decision to buy or not.

 

For me, this was my most exciting purchase, I cannot wait to see what other background combinations I can make with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Grab your watercolor markers!

Hi there! I had some fun yesterday playing with some of the goodies I bought at the stamp convention over the weekend. I learned a new watercolor marker technique, have a look:

 

Wanna, see how I did it? Here is a short (really! under 5 minutes, can you believe it?!?) video to show you how:

The only thing to remember is that you need a stamp that is mostly solid. I used a paper cut bird stamp from About Art Accents. Any silhouette type stamp will work. First I colored the stamp with water based brush markers and then tapped and scribbled darker shades on top nad lastly (this is the part that blew my mind) was that you randomly tap all over the rubber with black! I hardly ever pick up a black marker but I love the look! Also I never tried it on glossy paper, it is pretty on both but see how much brighter it is on glossy:

 

The type of card I made is called a twisted easel. It can be folded flat to mail like this:

 

The inside of the card looks like this. It is a regular card (you can make them ANY size, this is 5″x7″) but you score and fold the front panel from corner to corner. You can see this better in the above video. It was a challenge at OSA this week and it was the first time I tried that too!

 

Here is a side view, it is hard to get a decent pic of a card like this tho ūüôā

 

While I was in Springfield the girlfriends and I went to Micheals (we don’t have one around here!) and I grabbed a $6 bag of floral small clear disks-yes I used a coupon LOL! I stuck them to my card and colored them with a permanent marker and viola-instant sparkles!

 

One last thing, the background. I saw an awesome demo from Impression Obsession and they were layering background stamps, that is what I did, I used no pattern paper! How cool is that! I’ll share how to do that later this week as well:)

 

Now I have the boring task of groceries BUT I think I can squeeze in some more stamping before the kids get home! Til next time happy crafting!

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